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By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine, May 10, 2023

Auguste Meyrat is an English teacher and department chair in north Texas. He has a BA in Arts and Humanities from University of Texas at Dallas and an MA in Humanities from the University of Dallas.

The Hollywood Writers Guild wants to go back to the good ol’ days where the work was steady, the audiences were guaranteed, and they didn’t have to compete with other options. However, those days are over.

Auguste MeyratThere may be a handful of people wondering why Saturday Night Live wasn’t able to do its episode with Pete Davidson this week, or why Seth Meyers and other late night hosts had to recently run repeat episodes, or why the women on The View lacked the witty insights that they sometimes show in their conversations. Okay, maybe it’s fewer than a handful of people wondering this. In any case, these things are happening because the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has gone on strike. They are demanding a pay increase, steadier employment, and a commitment to not use AI bots to write scripts. …

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